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Incredibly beautiful and powerful

By Norman Brock
Written March 03, 2013
One of the most extraordinary performances I've seen. The starting point is the divine music. But then add in a dream cast, the Met orchestra and chorus, and the very powerful new production, and you have the makings for a "perfect moment," when all the factors come together to make something that is transformative. The time flew by and I felt a sense of loss when it was done. The new production and direction really helped to underscore the story of Parsifal's journey, and the backstage glimpses during intermission were fascination.
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Loved it!

By AnnAlbin1
Written March 04, 2013
A must see for Wagner fans. If you can get a ticket for the re-broadcast do it. Just be sure to realize you need a good night's sleep before hand. The first act is 2 hours, so be prepared. The production is sublime and the singers are all just amazing. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
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Parsifal in HD

By dblocher
Written March 03, 2013
This is a great performance - probably one of the best ever! The singers are exceptional, the costuming and staging are dramatci and the music sublime (you can tell I am a Wagnerian). The perfroamnce is very long (6 hours with intermissions) and drags at times, but the HD cameras help create movement even in long static scenes - something you would not get at the Met. There are lots of nuances in the character development and a monumental plot centered around the Garil and Spear. Very staisfying for those who can stay engaged for such a long performance.
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Ah ha! I "Get" It.

By msirt
Written March 04, 2013
Ah ha! I finally "get" François Girard's final interpretive thrust for this rendition : Parsifal's words (paraphrase): "The Holy Blood on the spear longs to join the Holy Blood in the Grail cup. The action: Parsifal inserts the spear tip into the Grail cup, upheld by Kundry, who, on a musical accent (also reflected in a spear movement by Parsifal), will suddenly begin her expiration ritual, leading to a gentle death, while meanwhile, the shadowy ensemble of women who have been ever-pesent but separate from the men, move as individuals to members of the opposite sex, and they all join hands as couples. My sudden grasp of Girard's interpretation: My goodness! We've got some good ol' Dan Brown going here (Da Vinci Code). The phallic spear and the vaginal cup. All that alternative Gospel of Thomas stuff (Christ married and parental, etc.) and a union of opposites into a perfectly balanced whole (Yin & Yang), represented through the sexual symbolism of the objects at hand.
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Glorious.

By lakeclifftexas
Written March 04, 2013
Kaufmann was amazing, and Dalayman and Mattei were outstanding. Pape was marvelous, and nearly stole the show. The production, including sets, projections and costumes, were very effective. As usual, the intermission interviews were interesting and informative.
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